This was up back in 2016. If you missed out, Connell and Ward’s First Sun House in Amersham, Buckinghamshire is on the market once more.
Different agent, different (slightly higher) price but looking at it, outside of the furnishings, much the same house. But not quite the original house in terms of the finish. Actually, it was up in 2013 too, when the finish was a little different, but still modernised since its 1930s construction.
You probably know the background to this one if you have much of an interest in modernism or the modern movement. The First Sun House is a Grade II-listed property is one of a series of Sun Houses completed in 1935.
All are built on the slopes of the iconic High And Over modern house, which was also up for sale a few years ago and for fans of the era and the style is pretty much the dream. Details of that one here.
But this one isn’t a bad runner-up. It was extensively updated a few years back, although some might be disappointed that it involved the interior being pushed forward in time rather than backwards.
Yes, the architecture is still faithful to the original, even if it has been extended a little. Still as forward-thinking as anything out there. That’s probably the selling point here. The interior? A slightly different story.
To be fair, the original 2013 listing showed a house that had been simply updated. The later renovation has taken it back to the spirit of the original build, but with some 21st-century comforts still in place.
Cleaner and more simple, details like the original windows have been restored, the open spaces are enhanced by the plain white finish and the doors are either original or in keeping. All good.
But there is an extension that creates a new, larger kitchen opening out onto the entertaining space beyond and you could argue that some of the finishes don’t quite match what you would expect of a house like this.
It’s just decor. Yes, the kitchen is modern and so is the bathroom. That’s the nature of a premium house in the 21st-century. But the design is as you would hope for and expect. Get your own furniture in place and this is a dream of a home for anyone with an interest in modernism.
The accommodation is arranged over three levels, with the hallway opening onto an area with full height windows flooding both the hall and galleried landing with natural light.
The ‘spacious’ split-level living room is divided into zones and the (fairly) recent fitted kitchen/breakfast room has sliding doors opening onto a private south-facing patio for a spot of al-fresco dining when the weather favours you.
There are three first-floor bedrooms including the master bedroom, again with a large full-length window, which is accessed from the galleried landing. The bedrooms share two bath/shower rooms.
The winding staircase continues to the second floor with a study or fourth bedroom (depending on your needs) with a door opening onto the roof terrace and more of that entertaining space and some wonderful views towards Old Amersham and the Misbourne Valley too.
Outside of the house, you’ll find some well-maintained garden surrounding the house with parking also behind the secure gates, which in turn leads to the integral garage.
Fancy moving in? This one has already had a couple of price drops since first going up for sale and now has a guide price of £1,298,000. I know, not exactly cheap, but every price drop helps.
Images and details courtesy of Hamptons. For more details and to make an enquiry, please visit the website.